‘Hall should honour Betjeman’

Herald Series: ‘Hall should honour Betjeman’ ‘Hall should honour Betjeman’

WANTAGE Civic Hall should be renamed The John Betjeman Centre, says a local arts promoter.

Jim Mitchell, artistic director of the Not Just Betjeman literary festival, said: “The word ‘centre’ suggests somewhere people can congregate, and John Betjeman’s name is universally known.

“I understand that King Alfred might also be popular but think this in addition to the school might be overkill.”

Vale of White Horse District Council is inviting suggestions for a new name for the hall as part of a relaunch.

Betjeman, the former Poet Laureate who died in 1984, lived in Wantage for more than 20 years.

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11:13am Thu 12 Dec 13

birdtable says...

Why?????? I understand he hated the town.
Why not re name it the Jim Moley Hall; he was a councillor for many years and did a lot for Wantage.
Why?????? I understand he hated the town. Why not re name it the Jim Moley Hall; he was a councillor for many years and did a lot for Wantage. birdtable

3:52pm Thu 12 Dec 13

1onlineheraldreader says...

@birdtable

Well said.
Did Jim Mitchell actually live in Wantage during the time Betjeman lived here. Did he have any dealings with Betjeman, I did, and I can tell you neither Betjeman or his wife were liked in the town. They both thought themselves ‘above’ us locals (or yokels?). Very few townsfolk were sorry when they left the Mead.
@birdtable Well said. Did Jim Mitchell actually live in Wantage during the time Betjeman lived here. Did he have any dealings with Betjeman, I did, and I can tell you neither Betjeman or his wife were liked in the town. They both thought themselves ‘above’ us locals (or yokels?). Very few townsfolk were sorry when they left the Mead. 1onlineheraldreader

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